Well it’s been so hot here as of late, that when we got a day yesterday that was overcast, I grabbed my camera and headed out to Burnaby BC, which is just across Boundary Road on the east side of Vancouver. Just as we have Stanley Park here in Vancouver proper which is a Temperate Rain-Forest Preserve, Burnaby has Central Park, which itself is another huge (222 acres) Temperate Rain-Forest Preserve, and while both areas obviously have much in common, they have enough differences that I like to alternate between them when I’m out looking for some good locations to shoot.
Anyway, I’m not going to take up a lot of space yakking your ears off, but there is one thing I wanted to make sure that I explain, simply because it’s such an everyday sight to me when I’m in these parks (which is all the time) that I sometimes forget that not everybody might understand just what it is that they are looking at. And even though there won’t be a lot of examples in today’s pictures (I came across a couple other things I thought you might like to see first, and we can look at more examples of what I’m talking about in a later set of pictures) there are a couple so I want to offer this explanation up front. It goes like this.
When I show you pictures of trees here in our Rain-forest areas that might look to you like they have multiple legs, to the extent that they might actually be capable of running, or, when you see shots of younger trees that appear to be attempting to beef up by moving around through the forest eating unsuspecting tree stumps, there really is a good explanation for both of these phenomena. The forest floor at this time in the history of our Coastal Temperate Rain-Forests is so acidic that young saplings and seedlings cannot grow in it, or at least not very well. On the other hand, much of the undergrowth, such as the ferns, really like the acidity. So what the forest management teams do (as far as I understand these things) is plant the seedlings in the old stumps of trees that were logged in the past, or fell victim to lightning or fire. This keeps the young trees off the forest floor until they are old enough to handle the acidic composition, and the stumps serve as nutrients themselves, and also as channels allowing the young trees to tap in to their established root system. Of course, as time progresses, the stump disintegrates, leaving the sapling, which is now a mature tree with what appears to be legs where it has grown down around the sides of the former stump. Catch it at the right time in the process, and especially in the right light, and it can really look like the new tree is hunting down, capturing, and eating unsuspecting stumps. But don’t take my word for it, here’s the pictures.